Panthers vs Saints odds, line: Monday Night Football picks and predictions from advanced model on 16-3 run.SportsLine’s advanced computer model simulated Monday’s Saints vs. Vikings game 10,000 times.
While the New Orleans Saints fight for the NFC’s top seed, the Carolina Panthers are trying to stay alive in the NFL playoff picture. These two division rivals meet on Monday Night Football in the final game of the Week 15 NFL schedule. Kickoff from Bank of America Stadium is set for 8:15 p.m. ET. The 11-2 Saints are fighting for home-field advantage throughout the postseason, while the 6-7 Panthers are desperately trying to snap a five-game losing streak that has them on the outside looking in.
New Orleans is a six-point road favorite after the line opened at 6.5. The Over-Under has fallen throughout the week and stands at 50 in the live Panthers vs. Saints odds. Before you make any Panthers vs. Saints picks and Monday Night Football predictions, check out what the SportsLine Projection Model has to say.
The advanced computer model simulates every NFL game 10,000 times, and those who have followed it have seen massive returns. SportsLine’s proprietary computer model went 176-80 last season and beat over 95 percent of CBS Office Pool players in 2016 and ’17. It also performed better than 98 percent of experts tracked by NFLPickWatch.com during that span. Additionally, it went 48-34 on A-rated picks against the spread last season, and $100 bettors who followed it the past two seasons are up nearly $4,000.
The model has continued to nail its top-rated picks in 2018, entering Week 15 on a blistering 16-3 run. For the season, it is now 30-12 on all top-rated picks, extending its two-year run to a strong 78-46. And when it comes to all straight-up picks, the model finished Week 14 at 139-67 on the season, ranking in the top two on NFLPickWatch.com. Anyone who has followed it is way up.
Now the model has dialed in on Saints vs. Panthers. We can tell you it’s leaning Over, but it’s also generated a strong point-spread pick that’s hitting well over 50 percent of the time. You can only see that one at SportsLine.
The model has factored in that the Saints’ high-powered offense is predicated on getting the ball into the hands of its playmakers, notably Michael Thomas. The wideout has notched 102 receptions for 1,218 yards and eight touchdowns. Drawing double coverage allows teammate Tre’Quan Smith to stretch the field vertically. He picks up an impressive 17 yards per grab and has found the end zone seven times.
Saints quarterback Drew Brees is enjoying an MVP-caliber season and has thrown for 3,463 yards and 31 touchdowns — third-best in the league entering Week 15 — against just four interceptions. He tops the NFL in completion percentage at 76.
But just because the Saints are rolling doesn’t mean they’ll cover the Monday Night Football spread.
The model also knows that Carolina’s Christian McCaffrey is proving to be one of the league’s most versatile running backs. In addition to his 13 touchdowns — seven rushing — he’s fourth in the league in yards from scrimmage with 1,627. He’s gouging front sevens for 5.2 yards a carry and is lethal in flanker screens, gaining another 701 receiving yards on 86 receptions. His improved blocking is also allowing quarterback Cam Newton more time to find open receivers and limiting sacks.
Who wins Saints vs. Panthers? And which side covers well over 50 percent of the time? Visit SportsLine now to see which side you need to be all over on Monday Night Football, all from the incredible computer model that has returned nearly $4,000 to $100 bettors.